Category Archives: Default settings

Questions about the GDPR

Thanks to a series of guidance notes that have been issued by the Article 29 Working Party we now know a lot more about the way several parts of the GDPR are likely to work when they come into force … Continue reading

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Unequal weight of arms

Just as every child attending school in England learns about the fateful year of 1066 – the last time England was successfully invaded by a foreign power  – so Chinese youngsters learn about the “unequal treaties“. In essence,  in the … Continue reading

Posted in Default settings, Regulation, Self-regulation

Legislation in the USA

Regular readers will be aware of the twists and turns of the debate surrounding the future of s. 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 1996. That is the thoroughly ill-fitting name for a law which has protected companies like Backpage … Continue reading

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More problems with ICANN and WHOIS

Almost from the very beginning of the internet, or at any rate from the beginning of the worldwide web, there has been an explicit rule which says that the name, address and contact details of whoever owns or manages a … Continue reading

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One more visit to the Last Chance Saloon

Today saw the launch of the long-awaited Green Paper (consultative document)  setting out the UK Government’s thinking on what a new internet safety strategy might look like. Containing almost 60 pages of densely written text, it pretty much covers the … Continue reading

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The Holy Father takes a stand

I have had several comments, ranging from the wry,  sarcastic, through astonished, to utterly disbelieving or critical about my having attended a conference organized by the Catholic Church to discuss child abuse. In Rome of all places! At a time when … Continue reading

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We needed a shout. We got a whimper

Last week the Commission of the European Union issued a press release with a headline which is a little at odds with the contents. Here it is Commission steps up efforts to tackle illegal content online. In fact the press release only speaks … Continue reading

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